Jeremy Hefner hopes for a little run support on Wednesday when the New York Mets conclude a three-game set with the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
Hefner was terrific in his season debut on Friday against Miami, but the Mets couldn't score while he was in the game and absorbed the loss, despite surrendering just a run and five hits in six innings.
"I was just hoping to keep them close, and eventually we did come back," Hefner said. "We just ran out of outs."
Kyle Kendrick takes the hill for the Phillies in Wednesday's finale trying to erase a disappointing first outing. Kendrick cruised through the first 4 1/3 innings of that start against the Kansas City Royals, but then the wheels fell off.
When it was all said and done, Kendrick had been charged with five runs in 5 2/3 innings, as seven of the final 11 batters he faced reached base and exited with the bases full.
"I'm not going to knock Charlie's decision at all, but I wanted to stay in the game," Kendrick said. "I'm a competitor. I want to stay in, but it's not my decision. It's his decision. I respect it. But any starter, I wouldn't say they would want to come out of the game. I felt fine."
Kendrick has faced the Mets 18 times (12 starts) and is 5-7 with a 3.56 ERA.
Philadelphia bounced back from a loss in Monday's opener to take Tuesday's contest, as Cliff Lee turned in another solid performance by lasting 8 2/3 innings in the Phillies' 8-3 victory.
Coming in, Philadelphia's starting rotation was pitching to a 7.68 earned run average, but Lee (2-0) showed consistency for the second straight start. He allowed just three runs -- two earned -- on eight hits, didn't walk a batter and had six strikeouts.
The Phillies also got a productive day out of newcomer Michael Young, who fell a double shy of the cycle while knocking in two runs. Ryan Howard also hit his first homer of the season as did John Mayberry, who finished 2-for-4 with three RBI.
"We go out and play like that, we feel like the results are going to be right there," said Young, who just nearly missed hitting for the cycle. "There's just too much talent up and down our lineup."
Dillon Gee (0-2) had the shortest outing of his career, lasting just three innings. He was torched for seven runs on 10 hits for the Mets, who had a three-game winning streak snapped.
John Buck went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and Jordany Valdespin added a triple and a run scored in the setback.
The Mets won seven of their nine games in Philadelphia last season.